Schacht, Gerhard "Eule"

Date of birth:
April 6th, 1916 (Berlin-Steglitz, German Empire)
Date of death:
February 7th, 1972 (Dortmund, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Sturmgruppe "Beton", Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, 7.Flieger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Action:
Awarded for the leadership of Sturmgruppe “Beton” during the German airborne attack on the Low Countries on 10.05.1940. His unit was assigned the capture of the bridge over the Albert Canal at Vroenhoven. Landing at 05:15, Schacht and his men were able to capture the bridge intact, hold until the relief by friendly infantry later that day and take 300 enemy soldiers prisoner. All this was accomplished with the loss of just 4 dead and 6 wounded.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Sturmgruppe "Beton", Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, 7.Flieger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Sturmgruppe "Beton", Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, 7.Flieger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
2/Fallschirm-AOK 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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